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HST forum on Thursday focuses on space medicine

The annual forum for the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology (HST) will take place Thursday, March 4 at various locations on and around the MIT campus. All members of the MIT and Harvard communities are welcome to attend any of the events.

Beginning at 2pm, there will be a student poster session in the atrium of Building E25. At 4:15pm, participants will proceed to the Marriott Hotel in Kendall Square for a plenary session at 4:30pm, focusing on "Space Medicine and Earthly Spin-offs." The keynote speaker will be astronaut Richard M. Linnehan. Dr. Linnehan served as a mission specialist in 1996 on the Life Science and Microgravity Spacelab mission, and in 1998 as the payload commander on the Neurolab mission.

Starting at 5:30pm, there will be a panel discussion chaired by Laurence R. Young, the Apollo Program Professor of Aeronautics and director of the National Space Biomedical Research Institute, a consortium devoted to developing an understanding of and countermeasures to the effects of long-term space flight.

Panelists at the session will include Richard J. Cohen, the Whitaker Professor in Biomedical Engineering in HST; Charles A. Czeisler, professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School; Dr. Gordana V. Vunjak-Novakovic, a principal research scientist in HST; and Charles M. Oman, senior lecturer in the aeronautics and astronautics and director of the Man Vehicle Lab.

A reception and dinner at the Marriott will follow the panel discussion. Dinner is by reservation only. For reservations and details, call x3-4418.

A version of this article appeared in the March 3, 1999 issue of MIT Tech Talk (Volume 43, Number 21).

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